Archive for Thursday, October 15, 1998


October 15, 1998


No services are planned for Joel Austin Runnells, 39, Rantoul. Cremation was held.

Mr. Runnells died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, at Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo., from injuries suffered in an accident.

He was born Feb. 3, 1959, in Ottawa, the son of Jerry and Joan Seyler Runnells. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1977.

He worked as a welder for Hydrapac Corp., Ottawa, and was a rancher.

He was a volunteer fireman for the Cutler Township. He was a member of the International Texas Longhorn Assn.

He married Lori Oberheide on Aug. 6, 1983, in Ottawa. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his father, Olathe; three daughters, Rachel, Angela, and Katy Runnells, all of the home; and three sisters, Judi Chapman, Chapman, Jelene Mattison, Falun, and Jerelyn Runnells, Baldwin.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Wilson and Son Chapel, Wellsville.

The family suggests memorials to the Joel Runnells Memorial Fund for his daughters' education and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 486, Wellsville 66092.


Services for the Rev. Dwight C. Spillman, 83, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The Rev. Spillman died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998, at his home.

He was born Oct. 24, 1914, in Richmond, Ind., the son of David Henry and Margaret Ashby Spillman. He moved to Lawrence in June from Georgia. He had formerly lived in Lawrence from 1986 to 1991.

He spent most of his life in the ministry in Florida and Georgia in Baptist churches. In the late 1980s, he was an interim pastor at First Southern Baptist Church, Eudora.

He married Thelma Russell on March 11, 1939, in Centerville, Ind. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Linda Stidham, Lawrence; a son, David R. Spillman, Statesboro, Ga., five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

The family suggests memorials to the First Southern Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


Services for Malinda Clara Hood, 73, Baldwin, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Ms. Hood died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998, at the Baldwin Care Center.

She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Lincoln, the daughter of Herman Wacker and Emma Hildebrandt Wacker. She moved to Lawrence in 1950 from Lincoln.

She worked at the Kansas Union at Kansas University. She also worked at the Green Lantern in Lawrence. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Hood, Spring Valley, Calif., and Terry Hood, Hawaii; three daughters, Sandra Elston and Donna Thomas, both of Lawrence, and Cheryl Wilson, Baldwin; two sisters, Minnie Stroede, Ellsworth, and Ella Zelenka, Warner, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

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